About Campaignends 31 Dec 2019, 11:59 PM
Relay Majulah is a ground-up initiative to form a 200-runners team to conquer 2,000km over 200 hours (2-10 Nov 2019) to raise funds for President's Challenge and its 67 supported charities; and to commemorate Singapore's 200 years. It also aims to unite the community, for the community; and tell the inspiring stories of people with indomitable spirit, who live life to the full and live life without limits.
Sherry Soon is a special needs educator for over a decade and in 2017, she founded a ground-up volunteering group, Be Kind SG, that reaches out to the 'less visible' communities such as adults and seniors with special needs. Yingkai is a manager at UOB and teaches yoga on weekends.
In 2000, I woke up with a left foot drop, was sent to A&E and was diagnosed with vasculitis, inflammation of the blood vessels. During flares, ulcers will develop on my feet, causing me to be hospitalized and home-bound for a few months. Due to this condition, I am on lifetime medications and cannot run or walk and stand for a prolonged period of time. 4 years ago, through serendipity, I met my husband, Yingkai. He said he will be 'my legs' and I will be 'his ears' (he has some hearing loss) and we can take care of each other. He's an avid runner and had participated in many marathons. Through our participation in Relay Majulah, we hope to raise awareness of all kinds of invisible disabilities and medical conditions and seek for more understanding and empathy.
About the Charity
The President's Challenge started in 2000 and represents a coming together of people from all walks of life, under the President's patronage, to help those who are less fortunate. It is the President's call to all Singaporeans to do their part to build a more caring and cohesive society.
While fundraising continues to be at the heart of President's Challenge, the campaign has gone beyond the giving of money to the giving of time, skills and talent for the less fortunate. President now seeks to play a bigger role in nurturing stronger communities by expanding support for programmes beyond the social service sector and to encourage the young and elderly population to be involved in community work.
Under the leadership of President Halimah Yacob, President's Challenge is looking into more customised and upstream support to help the most vulnerable change their circumstances through skills upgrading, capacity building and empowerment.